Monday, October 24, 2011

s is for santa's shoe box

most of you won't know this, but i am quiet a huge fan of christmas.
i love spoiling my loved ones and making it a fun memorable holiday every year.

this year i have decided to do something special for someone who is less fortunate than i am.
yesterday i found a pretty amazing concept.

my boyfriend and i have decided to support this amazing idea.
only one thing is you only have 2 days to get this done!
so spare a minute and give a less fortunate child a wonderful gift this christmas.

here is what you will need to do:

step 1:

•  go to the site and pledge a box
they will e-mail you your box label

step 2:

•  go find a medium size shoe box
•  wrap your box up 
(lid and the bottom half of the box separately,
so when you are done you can put the lid back on and secure with an elastic band)

"We all have shoe boxes around the house or know someone who will kindly give us one. Shoe stores usually have empty boxes to give away. Boxes larger than MEDIUM (running shoes) size might not be accepted."

"Wrap the shoe box but please wrap the lid separately so that it can be lifted off. Be creative and instead of using conventional wrapping paper, decorate the box with drawings, paint, cut outs and stickers. By doing this, you are creating a unique “keep sake” box while at the same time, minimizing waste from wrapping paper that will only just need to be discarded."

step 3:

•  go to your nearest PEP stores
(this is the beauty of this project, you can buy all the items at your local PEP)
please this is a requirement, you have to go to PEP, it will be your one stop shop!

Please remember that these should be NEW and AGE-APPROPRIATE items.
PEP Stores is our one-stop-shop for all Santa Shoebox contents.

The following items are required:

•  toothpaste and a tooth brush
•  bar of soap and a wash cloth
•  an outfit of clothing
•  educational supplies
•  sweets
•  a toy

All items should be new and age-appropriate.

TOYS - Something to love
Soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, yo-yo, building blocks, trucks and cars, doll, dress-up clothes etc.

Felt pens, pens, pencil sharpener, rubber, coloring book, notepad, picture/puzzle book, pencil case, stickers etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS - Something to use
Toothbrush & toothpaste, bar of wrapped soap & wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, roll-on deodorant, talcum powder etc.

CLOTHING ITEMS - Something to wear
T-shirt, shorts, dress, pyjamas, etc. 
(Consider an added extra too like gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces, clip-on earrings, make-up or hair accessories etc.)

SUGAR AND SPICE - Something to eat
Sweets (Sell-by date to be at least March of the following year – preferably softer sweets – wine gums, sours etc.)

BABY BOX - Something for the youngest
Barrier cream/talcum powder, baby soap, item of clothing, bath towel/baby blanket, soft toy, toy/rattle.

TEENAGE BOX - Something for our teenagersAll of the above plus something cool e.g. cap, sunglasses, toiletries, nail polish, make-up etc.


•  food
chocolate, crisps, tinned food, cakes, perishable food

•  medicine
medicines, vitamins of any kind

 war related items
toy guns, soldiers or knives

•  fragile items
glass containers, mirrors

•  liquids
of any kind, including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath or aerosols

•  dangerous items
such as marbles or sharp objects

•  electronics
cell phones or battery operated toys

•  lastly
anything political or of a racial nature

step 4:

•  do not wrap any items individually

•  label your box by printing the filled in labels that have been emailed to yoafter you registered and sticking these on the outside of the lid, top right hand corner. Add sticky tape to ensure the label is secure

•  close the box by securing the lid with an elastic band, and DO NOT seal the box as boxes are spot checked to ensure it meets all requirements

step 5:

•  go drop it off at the drop off point

there are drop off points all over the country so find your local one and do it!

they want to make the hearts of 70 000 children happy this year.

remember you only have 2 days to do this!
(sorry guys if i knew about it earlier i would have posted it sooner)

please go and participate this is a great cause!

 i am doing mine and i'll post it up so you can all see! 

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